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Jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Albert has always Georgia in her mind, when she tours numerous countries worldwide. Her albums Love In Your Eyes (1992), Tides Of Change (1993), Christmas Impressions for the Piano (1995), Night Music (2006), Morning Music (2006), Christmas Mystique (2015), Fly Away Butterfly (2017) cover a broad spectrum ranging from easy listening, New Age, world music to smooth Jazz.

With her upcoming album Stronger Now (2020) she consolidates her position in the field of smooth jazz. Carol plays on this album piano, synth, keys, programming, bass, strings and more. She has written and arranged all songs. The well known guitarist and producer Paul Brown has made a significant contribution to this album as producer, arranger and mixer. He also performs guitar and percussion.

The following prolific musicians have added their personal accents: Lew Laing (drum programming, additional synths), Ben Babylon (strings and French horn arrangements), Sam Sims, Joseph Patrick Moore, Nathaniel Kearney, Roberto Vally (bass), Lil John Roberts (drums, percussion), Lee Thornberg (horn arrangement, flugel and valve trombone), Jay Williams, Gordon Campbell (drums), Curtis McCain (percussion), Ragan Whiteside (flute), Magdalena Chovancova (sax),  Dennis Johnson (drum programming), Daniel Baraszu (acoustic guitar), Raheem Amlani (electric guitar).

The album opens with Stronger Now. With powerful keystrokes Carol dispels sorrow and worries and enchants the regained joy of life with her musical sunshine. Lew Laing provides the right background with a swaying rhythm and a sky full of strings. Love Again is the tonal embodiment of an emotional climax, which Carol also underlines vocally.

Perfect Sunday includes everything you imagine by a Sunday that means pure relaxation. Lee Thornberg's horns and Paul Brown's acoustic guitar add a cozy flavor to Carol's uplifting piano play. For The Moment has that special dreamy something, most of you know by Fleetwood Mac's Albatross, floating in space and time. The Latin tinged Femme Flight has impressed audience and credits alike as early single in 2018. Flutist Ragan Whiteside and saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova form together with Carol a musical triumvirate.

Winter Rain is a sonic mirror of the season that brings gloomy days and a subdued mood with it. Sun's Out, on the other hand, sets brighter things in the double sense of the word. I Am Fine is Carol's personal statement years after the lost of her husband. Encouragement and fragility unite in Carol's voice, which is sensitively accompanied by Paul Brown on the acoustic guitar.

Moon On The Water
is similarly inspired to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. 'Til We Meet Again reveals something of Carol's faith and spirituality. She does not understand the lost as something final but sees hope for a reunification, which is also reflected in her music. Guitar virtuoso Daniel Baraszu accompanies Carol's piano interpretation with brilliant chords.

Carol Albert's new album Stronger Now has strong biographical traits and convinces in the power of the melodies. Carol does not follow the fashionable trend that prevails in smooth jazz, but remains true to herself and her style.

 

 

 


 

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Title: Stronger Now
Artist: Carol Albert
Year: 2020
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Cahara Records

Tracks:
1) Stronger Now 03:43
2) Love Again 04:03
3) Perfect Sunday 04:03
4) For The Moment 04:24
5) Femme Flight (Album Version) 04:25
6) Winter Rain 05:31
7) Sunís Out ( Album ) 03:55
8) I Am Fine 04:39
9) Moon On The Water 04:23
10) 'Til We Meet Again 05:27